I'd like to set up a big-kid bed for DD in her room (and keep the crib up) sometime soon, though it's okay with me if she doesn't want to move into it for a while (we wouldn't move new LO into the crib until probably a year from now).
We're getting a twin mattress -- there's a day bed that my ILs have that we could have or we could buy a "toddler" type frame on Craig's List, or I could just put the mattress on the floor. Ideas?
Also, I'd like to wean her from the pacifier before the new LO comes (so in about 4 months). If possible. She only uses it at nap and bed, though in the past 3-4 days for some reason she's been getting it out of the crib and running madly around the house with it -- showing it to me to be teasing? joking? naughty? something. (The bink has lived in the crib and the crib only for the past YEAR) I just say, "The bink stays in the crib. Go put your bink in the crib." Usually she laughs and that does it, but sometimes I have to pick her up and carry her back to the crib where she'll throw it in, and a few times she hasn't let go, so I just put her in the crib in the middle of the day and let her play with her toys in there and suck on the bink.
I'm tentatively thinking of cutting off the very tip of the rubber nipple and seeing if she'll ditch it on her own, if it's "broken." (One of my friends cut off a little more every few days until her twins voluntarily gave up their pacifiers, but they were younger than DD.) Or maybe just giving her the choice of the big-kid bed or the crib, with the caveat that the bink has to stay in the crib. I'm thinking that the dog will want to sleep with her in the big-kid bed and that will be a HUGE attraction, but maybe not -- if she's too rambunctious, he'll come in to see us or go to his bed, maybe. Anyway, is this too many (possible) changes at once? Should we work on the bink first and then the big-kid bed second?
Does anybody have any gentle tips for getting a 2-year-old to give up the pacifier?
Edited by crystal_buffaloe - 7/22/12 at 6:56pm